Artist in Focus

About the Artist

I am a Sunshine Coast artist now painting full time after many decades of teaching art in Brisbane. I also make pottery and sculptures but my current passion is painting portraits and landscapes.


Philosophy and Approach

I firmly believe that without art our cultures are diminished. As a teacher I support all children having access to art education and the promotion of the Arts, especially through festivals like this.

Now that I am retired from teaching young adults I have really enjoyed working on the coast. Other than the challenge of painting portraits, my work has focused on local scenes and the iconic pandanus and feature colour, texture and unusual viewpoints.


Education - Highlights

2009 COFA UNSW, Grad Cert of Cross Disciplinary Art and Design

1986 University of Queensland, Master of Educational Studies

1981 University of Queensland, Bachelor of Educational Studies

1978 Sydney Teachers’ College, Graduate Diploma in Education (Art)

1977 University of Sydney, Bachelor of Arts (Double Major Fine Arts),


Art Exhibitions – Highlights

2015 Lethbridge 10,000 Art Award finalist

2014, 2016  Caloundra Friends of the Gallery Art Show

2014, 2015, 2016  Brisbane Rotary Art Show

2013  Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Semi finalist

2012  Perc Tucker Portrait Prize, Townsville

2010, 2011   Rotary ArtCoast Invitation Art Show, Caloundra

2011, 2013, 2015  Sunshine Coast Art Educators, “Squeeze”, Caloundra & Cooroy Gallery

1999, 2000, 2002 The Churchie Emerging Art Show, Brisbane

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008  Abused Child Trust Annual Art Event, Brisbane,

2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015,2016  Immanuel Lutheran College Arts Festival,

2007, 2008, 2010  St Thomas’  Primary School, Camp Hill, Art Festivals

2006  Stanthorpe Annual Arts Festival

2003  Work exhibited at Vernon Dath and Oxford St Galleries, Brisbane


Awards and Grants

2011  Winner of Immanuel Arts Festival – Most Outstanding Art Work

2013  Semi Finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize